A celeb-studded crowd expected at Frank Ski’s charity wine tasting/auction

Photo: Jennifer Brett

Frank Ski’s annual wine tasting and auction promises a star-studded crowd and an incredible array of auction items.

Recording industry executive Kevin Liles and actress Kerri Hilson are hosting the event, planned for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Westside Cultural Center. Micha Blue will perform and the guest list includes rapper Bone Crusher, Ludacris’ manager, Chaka Zulu, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and others.

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The silent auction includes one-of-a-kind treasures including sports memorabilia signed by Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali; delectable delights such as Sunday brunch for four at the Four Seasons, dinners at Red Pepper Taqueria, 10th & Piedmont or Babalu Tapas & Tacos and gift cards to Hudson Grille and Eclipse di Luna; hard-to-find bottles of Caymus wines, cultural experiences such as Center for Civil & Human Rights Family or Museum of Contemporary Art memberships and much more.

Up for grabs on the live auction: a seven-night stay for four people at Villa Zolira, situated in the ancient hill town of Manciano, Italy; and a Vine Cliff Wines Library Gems & Vineyard Tour in Oakville Calif.

The annual bash benefits the Frank Ski Kids Foundation, which provides educational opportunities including educational summer trips for young people.

“They come back with a whole different set of understanding,” Ski told us in a past interview. The foundation’s trips have included treks to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon rainforests and the rugged Alaska wilderness, where young scholars enjoy meaningful ecological encounters.

He also dispenses wisdom about navigating the business world as the kids get older.

“I tell them, as they get older, learn something about wine,” he said. “You want to ruin a business deal? Order the wrong wine!”

Tickets are $150, and VIP tickets are $250. Click here to purchase.

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